1. Adam Scott. Shagging starlets and tennis babes, commuting around the globe in a $40 million plane, modeling for Burberry … the guy had everything but a win. With a dazzling Sunday in San Antonio, Scott reminded us what all the fuss is about.
2. Se Ri Pak. The matriarch of Korean golf is not just a historic figure but still a pretty damn good golfer, as was evident with her 25th career victory, at the Bell Micro in ‘Bama. Another way to quantify what a badass Pak is: she’s now 6-0 in playoffs.
3. T.C. Chen. The memory of golf’s most famous double-hitter was revived at the Mallorca Open when Peter Hanson won despite double-hitting a chip coming down the stretch. Hey, at least Chen is remembered for something.
4. Irene Cho. Best friend to the late Erica Blasberg, Cho kissed a pink bracelet with the initials “EB” after every birdie. Just one of many heartfelt tributes during a wrenching week for the LGPA.
5. Hank Haney. On his post-breakup media tour, he made it quite clear that he dumped Tiger, and he had the relieved countenance of a dude who just got out of jail. And now he can devote even more time to building what has become a lucrative brand.
1. Hank Haney. Is he destined to be remembered as the guy who screwed up Tiger’s swing?
2. Golf. The Wall Street Journal just ran a depressing piece about the plummeting youth participation rate: down 24 percent among kids 6-17 from 2005 to 2008. At this rate the game will be extinct as soon as the Baby Boomers die off.
3. J.B. Holmes. He was at the top of the leaderboard through three rounds at the Texas Open and then began his final round charge with a front nine 43 that included a triple, a double and four bogeys. That’s okay, J.B., it’s only nine months until the next Phoenix Open.
3. Suzann Pettersen. Hard to find fault with someone who shot a bogeyless 65 in the final round to reach a playoff, but since her breakthrough year in ’07 Pettersen has only one win and a million near-misses. She’s one of the LPGA’s hardest workers and best athletes, and she may have the prettiest swing, so I guess it’s fair to call her a head case.